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London Regulator Rules in Uber's Favor

Anti-Uber protests have rippled across Europe and America in recent weeks, but at least one city wasn’t buying. Though London was a hotspot for the protests, the NYT reports that the city’s transport regulator has decided that Uber’s way of calculating fares doesn’t count as an illegal version of official taxi meters. For now, the company may continue operating in the city, but the fight isn’t over yet:

But this is not the final green light for Uber in London. To clarify whether or not Uber’s technology can be considered a meter, Transport for London said it was asking a British court to make a final ruling.

That decision must now wait until legal cases brought by a London taxi union against six individual Uber drivers had been completed, the regulator added. A London taxi union had brought the cases because it believes that the drivers’ use of Uber’s device to charge customers violates the city’s taxi licensing rules.

We hope that the court follows the transport regulators in allowing Uber to keep operating. In the meantime, Londoners will have access to this much-beloved service. Perhaps they can uber to the courthouse and remind the judges that strangling innovative new companies in order to protect existing interests is a surefire path to economic decline.

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  • Andrew Allison

    It is the duty of judges to uphold the law as written, not engage in socio-economic engineering. If you don’t like the law, change it if you can and, if you can’t, learn to live with it. Uber-lovers should be petitioning their legislators, not judges.

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